Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Published on: May 5th 2021
Last updated on August 23rd 2023

Community Leisure UK is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion and condemns discrimination and racism in all forms. We recognise the presence of systemic inequality, discrimination and racism within our society and understand the role and platform we have to acknowledge, address and take action against it as part of our work as a representative body within the public leisure and culture sectors.

We aim to:

  • Create inclusive workplaces within the Community Leisure UK membership.
  • Improve the journey of being active and culturally engaged across culture and leisure trusts.

On this page you will find:

  • Our EDI Action Plan for 2022 – 2025
  • Resources – Leisure Factsheets and EmployAbility Guides

Leisure Factsheets Now Available (Updated 08/08/2022)

The Activity Alliance has released a series of 10 new leisure factsheets that cover a range of top topics from developing inclusive strategies to workforce development and measuring impact. They support leaders in the leisure sector to strengthen their inclusion work and engage more disabled people. 

They are available to download at the Activity Alliance website.

Resources – EmployAbility Leisure Guides

In 2022 our partners at Aspire released three guides to support the industry to attract more disabled people to the sector workforce. All are available to download below.

Although 1 in 5 of the working-age population in the UK are classed as disabled, only 52% are employed compared to 81% of non-disabled people, and there are indications that the employment gap is far greater within the leisure sector workforce.

It is recognised by many industry stakeholders that the fitness and leisure sector is often portrayed in narrow terms that lacks diversity and inclusivity.

The guides have been produced by Aspire, a disability charity and community leisure operator, following its successful ‘InstructAbility’ programme which helped hundreds of disabled people become qualified fitness professionals.

There are three guides available:

  • Guide A for Disabled People – Training and working in the fitness and leisure sector’ is a guide to inform and inspire disabled people to start a career in the sector.
  • Guide B for training providers and awarding bodies, ‘Training disabled learners in the fitness and leisure sector’ supports those delivering training to provide inclusive and accessible courses.
  • Guide C for employers, ‘Employing disabled people in the fitness and leisure sector’ provides guidance about inclusion and how to become a disability confident employer and recruit and develop more disabled staff.